More Support needed for Vulnerable 16 & 17 year olds

The Children Society has just published research into the support available for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds as they move into adulthood, finding that it ‘can disappear overnight’. Whilst local authorities have a duty to help 16 and 17 year olds deemed to be ‘in need’,

  • 46% of 16 and 17 year olds referred to children’s services receive no further action
  • 35% of 16 and 17 year olds who are referred to children’s services have also been referred in the preceding 12 or 24 months
  • 1 in 3 referrals of 16 and 17 year olds to children’s services come from the police
  • Fewer than 3% of closed cases of children in need aged 16–17 get transferred to adult services